Most people are accustomed to seeing a perimeter style margin surrounding the text in documents, including Word documents. In a book or magazine in which the sheets are bound, you need extra white space, or gutter , in addition to a margin. Even normal documents that need to be printed need that gutter. As with previous versions of Office, Office for Mac features margin-controlling options.
In Word for Mac, you can adjust the margins by clicking the Layout tab on the Ribbon and using the options in the Margins group, or by dragging the margin sliders in the rulers. Of course, first you need to turn on the rulers at the top and left edge of the document area in Word for Mac: Drag the line that divides the shaded part from the white part to adjust the margin setting. First line indent: Hanging indent: Drag the lower triangle on the horizontal ruler to set where the first line of the paragraph starts.
Left indent: Drag the lowest button situated immediately under the hanging indent triangle to adjust the left indent. Even with the rulers and Ribbon at their disposal, many users find it easier to adjust margins with a dialog. Thank you SO much! This was extremely helpful: I've been trying to figure this out for months lol. Presto, you are indented. Notice your ruler has two triangle and one rectangle. Learn to play with those three bar.
Edit by COM Librarian: This is certainly another option. If you can't see the ruler above your document: Select the View tab 2. In the Show area, put a check mark next to the ruler option. You will drag the bottom triangle and the little rectangle underneath it. So you don't have to do that repeatedly on each new source, start your bibliography on a new page. Then after step 5, above, click "set as default" to automatically format the rest of your citations with a hanging indent! This was great help! I had to roam the web a while before finding this!
Why can't teachers make it this easy? Hi zdgsfi It sounds to me like the other citations you tried to format were probably copied and pasted into your Word document, and it probably brought over some formatting with it. You can click the paragraph symbol in the Paragraph section in the Ribbon to reveal formatting. In , it's the symbol on the top right of that area. Remove any unwanted breaks. You can also try re-pasting, and choose to merge formatting or keep the text only, and one of those options should eliminate that formatting.
If you keep the text only, be sure to change the font, add back any italics, etc. That really help. Bless you. I'm on a Mac and using Google Chrome. There is no "Special" drop down in the paragraph formatting box. My options are indentation before text and after text. Both affect the entire paragraph.
How to Set Margins in Word for Mac - dummies
There is also no ruler at the top of the screen to make any adjustments and there isn't one under the view menu to turn on. If you're using the online version of MS Word, it can't be done. According to Microsoft, "Word Online will preserve a hanging indent already in your document, but it doesn't yet provide a way to add one. No, you cannot create a hanging indent in Google Docs they way you would in Word, but there is a work around solution: After entering you citation, hit enter after the first line. At the beginning of the second line of your citation, us the increase indent option on the Google docs toolbar.
Your citation will now be both double spaced and have a hanging indent. If your citation has more than two lines, you'll need to hit enter after the second line as well, but the indent will already be there. I have used this at least 20 times, so at least 20 thank yous to you! Thank you! Finally a simple, straightforward answer: You, sir, are both a gentleman and a scholar- this was driving me nuuuuttts!!! Bless you! Thanks so much.. Stay blessed.
Create a hanging indent
Thank you so much!!! I'm at the going-mad, pulling-hair-out stage of the other Word users before they followed the simple instructions——and after I followed the instructions many times. I know it's all buttons and that I'm doing something wrong. Just don't know yet where I'm going astray. Thanking any help in advance. Hi Joe There issue is probably that you brought over the formatting from the source from which you copied the text.
To start fresh, highlight the text that needs the hanging indent, and then right click. You will get two dialog boxes. The top one is for changing the font. Look for the button should be to the far right that says Styles, with a capitalized A and a paint brush. Click that, and a new box will appear. Choose the Clear formatting option, towards the bottom of the list. Now, keep the text highlighted and then follow the instructions for hanging indent. You will probably need to change the font style and size and add back in italics and that kind of thing.
The next time you bring over text, use the Paste button at the top left in the clipboard section. Click on the arrow at the bottom of the clipboard Paste icon.
You will see 3 options to paste. Choose the middle one, called merge formatting. This should pick up the correct formatting that you just applied so you don't have to take all of these steps again. Use the merge formatting paste option going forward. If this does not work, feel free to contact us.
You can either start a chat, if the library is open, using the chat box on the right hand side of our MLA LibGuide, or any other COM Library page, or email us at ask com. Hope this helps! You are a beautiful beautiful wonderful people you techies! Thank you very much. That was extremely helpful, thank you so much! Thank you so much. Thank you so much for this! Thank,s a lot a very technical example and now it is good to see.
Thank you, wow. This is not correct. Hi Word User The directions do still work for Word If you are having issues, you might need to remove formatting that was brought over when you pasted your citation. The command for this is in the Font section of the Home tab. It's the icon with an "A" and a red eraser. For instructions, go to this link: Thanks, it was so easy to do. Bless your heart for helping out so many people, including myself. Helped tons. Thank you, this was pissing me off to a point of no return. Thank you very much! This is helpful! You just save my life. This was amazing advice sitting up all night trying to figure this out your such a doll thank you xx.
Thank you Kathryn! I figured this was a bug and almost bought a software update. Thanks to you, I don't have to. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! Still struggling: Same if I use the tools in the indent and spacing dialogue box under Paragraph. I think my problem is that I'm trying to indent the subsequent lines of a numbered paragraph which itself is already indented. Is this beyond MS Word or am I missing a trick? Did you follow the directions in the original answer?
When you paste your text, use the remove formatting button. To access the paragraph dialog box, put your cursor in front of the 1st line of text. Right click with your mouse. Select the Paragraph menu. Then in the Indentation section, select Hanging from the drop down menu. Change the spacing if necessary, then hit done. It sounds like maybe you are using the Ruler tool. While I'm sure it's possible, that's harder to explain here briefly.
I edited a paragraph formatted as you describe using this method, and it worked. I have been going crazy for an hour! This information should be available to students writing in Word today. You are the best!!! This is so helpful, thank you!! Thank you very much.. No other site gave me such an easy access.. Oh my goodness!! I probably would be failing science if it wasn't for you!! Hi John, Without the ability to right click with your mouse, alternatively, you can: Highlight the citation 2.
On the Word toolbar find Paragraph and click on the small arrow on the lower right side to open all paragraph options. Select Paragraph from the resulting pop up menu 4. Under Indentation, use the Special pull-down menu to select hanging 5. Use the By menu to select 0.
Only the 1st line will begin at the left margin.
Glad you found the instructions helpful! Thanks so much! Fixed in seconds. OMG thank you so much.
Wasn't sure if my teacher taught this or not but you're a life saver even in I been doing it manually though not getting it perfectly but with your guide I can now do it without stress. You made my day. I have tried every single suggestion on this page, yet about half of my references still refuse to indent no matter what I do. I am at a loss. I fixed it! I had to repaste my text without any formatting and then reformat it. Apparently there was some hidden formatting invisible even though I had editing marks turned on that somehow prevented some sections of text from being indented.
The mysteries of Word run deep. This is was so helpful, much regards Kudos you just saved me a lot of time.
I've looked everywhere but I don't have a "paragraph" option on the drop down menu when I right click on the 2nd line. I am using windows Any help is very much appreciated. Hi Brigitte If the paragraph option isn't appearing when you right click, you can also use the Paragraph option in the top of the ribbon.
Follow this link you might have to copy and paste to see instructions from Windows: I might be doing it wrong. I'm writing a paper, I started a new paragraph, where I want the whole thing indented. When I go to use the trick mentioned the paragraph I want indents, but also the paragraph above, that I don't want indented. What am I doing wrong?